Microsoft Releases Mobile-Friendly SharePoint Server 2016 Preview
The next release of Microsoft's collaboration and content management platform will feature enhancements aimed at smartphone and tablet users.In a nod to mobility's influence on enterprise IT, Microsoft is beefing up the mobile collaboration experience on its next version of SharePoint Server. The software giant today announced the release of the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview, which includes new features aimed at the mobile enterprise. Among them are new mobile and touch enhancements, Bill Baer, senior technical product manager for Microsoft's SharePoint team, wrote in a company blog post. "In addition to a consistent cross-screen experience, SharePoint Server 2016 provides the latest technologies and standards for mobile push and information synchronization," he wrote. "With deep investment in HTML5, SharePoint Server 2016 provides IT professionals and designers with capabilities that enable device-specific targeting of content. This helps ensure that users have access to the information they need, regardless of the screen they choose to access it on." Acknowledging that today's workforces interact with a variety of screens, Baer said the new software can empower them "by delivering a consistent experience across screens, whether using a browser on the desktop, a mobile device, tablet or slate." Similar to how Microsoft is endeavoring to close the technical gaps between Office's mobile, PC and Web clients, "users can easily transition from one client to another without having to sacrifice feature fidelity," he added.
As additional evidence of mobile's influence on enterprise IT, SharePoint Server 2016 will include an integrated App launcher. The new feature "provides a new navigation experience where all your apps are easily available from the top navigation bar," stated Baer. "You can quickly launch your application, browse sites and access your personal files."